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UPA Reduced Rs 600 crore Penalty of Telecom Operators to Rs 5 crore: CAG

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A CAG report tabled on Friday in Parliament has severely criticised the UPA government for drastically reducing Rs 600 crore penalty imposed on private telecom operators to just over Rs 5 crore. The decision was taken within days of telecom minister A Raja being arrested in February 2011 for the 2G scam.

The UPA government’s decision came in the context of violation of a scheme to provide connectivity in remote areas using a part of the licence fee paid by telecom companies. Under the universal service obligation fund (USOF), the government launched the scheme in 2007 to provide mobile connectivity in 500 remote districts in 27 states that are not covered through wireless or mobile services. Original post at The Economic Times

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